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Malaysia needs more submarines – former RMN chief

Malaysian Scopene – KD Tunku Abdul Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs more submarines to be able effectively safeguard the country’s sovereignty, especially in the South China Sea, former Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Chief, Admiral (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said.

He said the RMN would need six, or at least three, submarines.

Currently, Malaysia has two submarines, the Scorpene, which are based at Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah.

“Come the time when the submarines have to be sent for repair or service which is going to take months. Having only two submarines can disrupt operations by the navy,” he said when met by Bernama recently.

He said this when asked on the setting up of submarine fleets by several countries in the region, like Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Recently, Singapore commissioned the Archer-class submarine to operate alongside four Challenger-class submarines.

Mohd Anwar said the best way for RMN to address the problem was by acquiring six Gowind class vessels.

Gowind 950 – Offshore Patrol Vessel

On a posting by  a blogger, known as Shahpaskal on militaryofmalaysia.net, that the use of submarines was not suitable in the Straits of Malacca, he said:

“No submarines dare sail in the Straits of Malacca. If there is any conflict,   with the aim of closing the strait as a passage for vessels, it will happen in the South China Sea or the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea,” he added.

He said the submarines served as the most effective weapon.

The submarines can be used for signal and electronic intelligence operations, he added.

Source – New Straits Times


One of Singapore’s most advanced submarines declared battle-ready

The last of Singapore’s most advanced submarines was declared battle-ready on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, sharpening the capabilities of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in underwater warfare.

The last of Singapore’s most advanced submarines was declared battle-ready on Tuesday, sharpening the capabilities of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in underwater warfare.

The RSS Swordsman was commissioned, following more than two years of tests and torpedo-firing exercises in Sweden and in the warmer and more corrosive waters here. The 60.5m diesel-electric vessel arrived in Singapore in last December. This is the second Archer-class vessel to be added to the RSN’s 171 Squadron, after the first, RSS Archer, was declared operational in 2011. The submarine squadron also comprises four ageing Challenger-class submarines.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was at the ceremony in Changi Naval Base, said the new vessel will strengthen the navy’s ability to safeguard Singapore’s “continued and unimpeded access to the maritime routes”.

He noted that Tuesday’s ceremony also marked the end of the RSN’s eight year journey to replace some of the Challenger-class submarines, which were built in the 1960s.

Source – Straits Times

RSN’s second Archer-class submarine back in Singapore

RSS Swordsman, which is berthed at Changi Naval Base, at the homecoming ceremony on Monday.

SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) second Archer-class submarine is back from Sweden.

On hand to welcome the RSS Swordsman at Changi Naval Base was Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, and other senior naval officers.

The RSS Swordsman is one of two ex-Royal Swedish Navy Västergötland-class submarines that Singapore acquired in 2005. It has been comprehensively upgraded, refurbished and tropicalised to ensure its suitability for operations in local conditions.

The submarine’s crew has also undergone extensive training in Sweden since 2008 to acquire the skill sets needed to operate and maintain the submarine.

The RSS Swordsman was launched in Karlskrona, Sweden, on October 20, 2010. It will join the 171 Squadron, under the RSN’s Fleet Command, to enhance the RSN’s capability in securing the seaward defence of Singapore and protect vital sea lines of communication.

The RSS Archer was the RSN’s first Archer-class submarine.

Source – Channel News Asia